Random Facts: Sweden

In 1812 there were 30 days in February in Sweden as it dithered over calendar change.

In the Middle Ages the town of Hurdenburg in Sweden elected its mayor by seeing which candidate’s beard was selected by a louse.

Sweden won the Underwater World Rugby Championship on all five occasions it was held between 1987 and 2003.

Ystad in Sweden has a Cow Bingo festival every year, betting on where a cow will drop a cow pat.

The Swedes drink more coffee per head than any other nation; they also eat the most tomato ketchup.

The Swedish government is proud of gender equality: it has 12 men and 12 women ministers.

Sweden has won 3.1 Nobel prizes per million of its population. The US has only 1.1 per million.